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Side Chick Nation

(Justice Hustlers #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  22 reviews
She's beautiful, unpredictable-and on the run from dangerous men. But this ex-side chick is ready to risk everything to help others in trouble . . . Fed up with her married Miami boyfriend, savvy Dulce has no problem stealing his drug-dealer stash and fleeing to the Caribbean. Between her special skills-and an eye for very rich and/or very smokin' men-Dulce stays a hustle ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Dafina Books
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Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
It started out interesting, and a bit confusing but i kept on reading in hope that it would change and become better. I liked the parts when they made food, watched tv and connected through it, but i didn`t like Dulce so much and Zavier was a bit meh? Plus all the cursing annoyed me. ...more
Kelsie Maxwell
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Side Chick Nation
Aya de León

Side Chick Nation by Aya de León is book four in her Justice Hustlers urban crime fiction series. I haven’t read the previous books in the series, but this one works well as a standalone.

Side Chick Nation is an unexpectedly interesting read. The author explores how climate change, colonization and a lack of appropriate response on the part of the US government played a major role in the delayed recovery in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Interestin
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author. I can tell you after reading this book that it won't be the last one either. Ms. de Leon really knows how to write a good story with engaging characters.

Instantly, I connected to both Dulce and Marisol and their stories. Although, I will say that this book was more focused on Dulce. Not that I am complaining as I really liked Dulce. Her story turned out way better than I imagined it would be. When I read the premise of the story on the back, I
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Side Chick Nation is the second book I've read by Puerto Rican author Aya de León. I read Uptown Thief last month. I loved protagonist Marisol Rivera and her band of female vigilantes. I knew I wanted to read another book in the series, and the one that called to me was Side Chick Nation. It's the first novel taking place during Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. I thought it would be powerful and authentic, and I was absolutely right.

What is unique to this novel is the way the personal becomes
Victoria Law
Unlike de Leon's other novels, the heist isn't the main focus. In fact, nearly 2/3 of the book is not about the heists at all. Instead, it follows Dulce as she hustles businessmen in San Juan, then finds herself stranded with Hurricane Maria bearing down on the island. de Leon describes the brutality not just of the storm, but the aftermath, including the vultures that swoop down to prey upon the island's survivors.

Oh, and there's an amusing scene in which a woman tries to seduce her lover, who
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This should be the summer book of the year. It's gripping, sexy, and fun; the lead character has some incredible moments of vulnerability; and it makes you so angry at disaster capitalists and the systems of power that when you're done reading you feel invigorated to try and make the world better. ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This gripping, fast-paced novel set amidst the destruction and chaos of Hurricane Maria is a fantastic, suspenseful read. The physical descriptions of Puerto Rico are incredibly vivid and accurate, almost shockingly so: I found myself suddenly and clearly remembering long-forgotten details from visits years ago. The hurricane serves as the backdrop for two seemingly separate narratives featuring two different leads--one of the book's few flaws is that for several chapters, it's unclear which wom ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written, well researched, and very important information about Puerto Rico

This is a very well written story. I loved reading it from start to finish and would recommend it to all my friends. In addition to the storyline which was very full, I liked the inclusion of songs and poetry. and I loved the flow of the narrative I look forward to reading the author’s other books in this series.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This is a smart and powerful book. de Leon deals with the very difficult themes of child sex trafficking, climate change, predatory real estate development, and the lingering effects of colonization and second-class citizenship in a riveting novel that makes you think.

It's not for the faint of heart - Ugly things happen to people who deserve better - Young women are treated as less than human by powerful men and there are wrenching descriptions of what it was like to go through hurricane Maria.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, rnff
Dulce García knows exactly what it means to be a side chick. Wooed by a far older man when she was only fourteen, Dulce thought she'd won the role of princess in a Disney movie, a girl destined to live happily after with a man who promised to take care of her. Instead, her prince turned out to be a pimp, asking her to sleep with others as a favor, and then as an expectation, and finally, not asking at all. Dulce's eighteen before a group of activist former and current sex workers helps her flee ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dulce Garcia goes through it in this installment of A Justice Hustlers novels, and I was here for it from chapter one to the end.

Dulce runs from an abuser in New York to the Dominican Republic, has to think on her feet to survive and when it looks like it can’t get worse for her, Hurricane Maria rains down on her, literally.

Aya de Leon is a prolific writer that takes you into the story, and I enjoy anything she writes. The only thing for this book that keeps it from being a five read for me was
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great descriptions of hurricane devastation and aftermath. The heist is secondary to the social commentary, but the social commentary is important. I did have some trouble distinguishing which storyline belonged to Dulce and which belonged to Marisol, as Dulce was obviously the main character, and going into Marisol's history and point of view was a bit disorienting. They were both fascinating characters, but it was easy to get confused about who went where, when. The transitions could have been ...more
Karen Mahtin
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TW: Adult content. It addresses sex work and a character lives through Hurricane Maria and its aftermath in Puerto Rico.

Another tour de force by Aya de Leon. Thought to be the first piece of fiction written about Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. Beautiful story full of family, chosen family, vigilante justice, survival, finding a career path (that one was a bit of a stretch, i thought), and love.
Michelle Corbier
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story is about enlightenment, entitlement, and revenge. This is not a book I would have ordinarily read, but I'm a better person for having read it. The story captures the consciousness of Americans being disenfranchised. The story is about abuse of women and the neglect of the Puerto Rican population. It hard gritty stuff, but truth is often ugly.
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Shelves: gave-up
Each sentence was like chewing gravel. Also, make me care please.
Qua'sheeka Miller
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was completely impressed with this book and it's overall content structure. I felt slightly overwhelmed at first, but I quickly reminded myself that I was reading fiction. ...more
Carolyn Lee Arnold
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feminists fight back and win in Puerto Rico!
Don’t you need to read a book in which feminist women of color fight back against powerful men who are exploiting them, other women, and Puerto Rico….and win? And learn about the effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico in the process? If so, this is the book to read, full of smart but poor women who start out being pimped or threatened by their men, then break away and face numerous obstacles, including the hurricane, before they make things right
Erica (The Literary Apothecary)
Bravo! A courageous and realistic tale for and about strong Latinx women. Loved the characters and the reality of their lives. Well done!
Lynn Reynolds
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Dolores “Dulce” Garcia does what she has in order to survive. This author certainly has an interesting way to introduce her readers to her main character. You will feel sorry for her. Others may wonder, “How did she let herself get into that situation in the first place?” But she has good survival skills and she had to learn those skills starting at a young age.

It’s a story where you will have to pay attention. Scenes can go from present to past and it may take a minute or two t
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
There's a lot cooking in this pot, lol. A heist mystery with impressive pro-sex worker plot, a dash of romance and a lot of culture.

I enjoyed the bulk of the book, though sometimes the abundance of plots got in the way of the bigger story, which was Dulce trying to survive both the streets and the hurricane that ripped Puerto Rico apart. But, there are two moments in the book when Dulce, the protagonist, is having sex with a guy she likes for the first time and she asked him to... come inside he
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be the summer book of the year. It's gripping, sexy, and fun; the lead character has some incredible moments of vulnerability; and it makes you so angry at disaster capitalists and the systems of power that when you're done reading you feel invigorated to try and make the world better. ...more
Anna London
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down until I finish it. The book was very good and I was glad on the way it ended. ...more
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